The Bahá’í Faith
For over 170 years Bahá’ís have been striving to promote the principles of the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, the oneness of mankind and the equality of women and men. Today, the Bahá’í Faith is the second most wide-spread independent religion in the world. There are Bahá’ís in 235 countries and territories consisting of over 2,100 ethnic, racial, and tribal groups, bringing the number of members to around 5 million worldwide.
What is Bahá’í Community life?
“The fellowship and support that are characteristic of the life of the community serve the needs of not only the believers, but of the entire population. The Bahá’í community does not see strangers; it embraces and unites all. Everyone is to find in this community their home, and in the believers, their true family. When you meet a stranger, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá states, “speak to him as to a friend; if he seems to be lonely, try to help him, give him of your willing service; if he be sad console him; if poor succor him; if oppressed rescue him; if in misery comfort him. In so doing you will manifest that not in words only, but in deed and in truth, you think of all men as your brothers.” Paul Lample, Creating a New Mind, p. 114